[Soekris] FreeBSD wireless (again)
dave at shpritz.net
Tue Sep 17 20:29:00 UTC 2002
Well, just for shits and giggles I put another Prism2.5 card in the board and started it up (I'm using etherboot right now so I don't have to keep copying everything to a flash card). After the boot I set the second 802.11b card up as the access point, which worked fine, and then started the bridge. As I was told (not that I doubted it) the loops began and no access point functionality was reached. I'm still using FreeBSD (well, MiniBSD) while I try to get a hold of another machine to put OpenBSD on. In the meantime, is there anything I can do to stop this looping? Or am I being a stubborn ass and need to just swallow my affinity for FreeBSD (it was the first Open OS I ever used) and make the switch to OpenBSD?
Thanks for everyone's help
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Sam Leffler" <sam at errno.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 08:59:19 -0700
>> On Mon, 16 Sep 2002, Dave Shpritz wrote:
>> > Will using the hostap switch enable me to use the box as a repeater.
>> > The plan is to use a bunch of these to cover a large area, like a big
>> > warehouse or a parking lot. So really I just want one to connect to a
>> > wired ethernet port and then use the rest to extend the signal. Any
>> > thoughts or suggestions are always appreciated. Thanks again.
>> Though in FreeBSD bridging from wireless to wireless does noet yet work;
>> bridging from the wired interface to/fro wireless works perfectly.
>> Simply boot up the box and do:
>> sysctl net.link.ether.bridge=1
>> sysctl net.link.ether.bridge_cfg="sis0 wi0"
>> after the boot cycle and setting up interface/wireless, etc. See the
>> bridge(4) man page for the above details and more.
>He wants multiple units so bridging isn't a good solution because FreeBSD
>doesn't support any kind of spanning tree protocol to avoid loops. OpenBSD
>has this so if he's not wed to FreeBSD it might be a better fit. Longterm
>I've wanted to redo the bridging code in FreeBSD to add the sort of
>functionality that's in OpenBSD.
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